Same owners, same recipes manager Michael Martinez

Restaurants in Colorado Springs

“The biggest thing” to hit Adam’s Mountain Caf over the past year, according to owner Farley McDonough, is that the restaurant has gone full bar. After 30 years without, that is a big deal. “We’re not trying to do a big bar scene,” McDonough says with a laugh, “but people can come in for a killer Bloody Mary at breakfast, or a Manhattan with dinner.” Of course, in keeping with the rest of Adam’s style, the bar leans local and Colorado when possible. And that Bloody Mary? It’s extra special with organic ingredients and vegan, house made Worcestershire sauce. Kirsten Akens

Blind dates are awkward. Always. But at Alchemy, you have options of cozy corner booths or public spots at the bar. And even if it’s the worst date ever, the drink menu alone gives you oodles to talk about, with offerings like Forbidden Love, Naught’e’ Toddie and Get Laid. To personally put Alchemy to the test, I made friends with the bartender before my date arrived. Then he put on a show for us, making a custom flamb strawberry cocktail and engaging us in naming it. What? I’ll never tell. Carrie Simison

## ## First things first: The North Academy location of Amanda’s Fonda is actually now called Amanda’s Cantina. Same owners, same recipes manager Michael Martinez says the name was changed because a lot of his potential customers didn’t know Amanda’s Fonda served Mexican food. Something else specific to the north side is the Sunday brunch featuring an omelet station, a $3 Bloody Mary bar and a host of Mexican favorites like empanadas and tortilla soup. Across town, the west side patio, with its babbling brook, is one of the most popular seats in town. But even if you dine indoors, an oversized margarita can also make for some eye candy. Amanda Lundgren

First things first: The North Academy location of Amanda’s Fonda is actually now called Amanda’s Cantina. Same owners, same recipes manager Michael Martinez says the name was changed because a lot of his potential customers didn’t know Amanda’s Fonda served Mexican food. Something else specific to the north side is the Sunday brunch featuring an omelet station, a $3 Bloody Mary bar and a host of Mexican favorites like empanadas and tortilla soup. Across town, the west side patio, with its babbling brook, is one of the most popular seats in town. But even if you dine indoors, an oversized margarita can also make for some eye candy. Amanda Lundgren

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